Tonya Rider

Associate in Arts
Bachelor of Arts

There is a growing need in our complex, technology-focused society for trained professionals in the areas of protecting people and property, counseling and assisting youth and adults, investigating and preventing crimes, and corrections.

Criminal justice majors learn the skills and knowledge needed to effectively operate in professional positions within the justice system. Many police officers, corrections and other human services workers earn prior learning credit toward their degree for their on-the-job work experiences, police academy hours and professional in-service certificates.

With a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree, you are prepared to work in law enforcement, corrections, court administration, and deviant behavior rehabilitation. In addition, you can conduct investigatory work for public agencies, private businesses and in the parks and recreation arena.

Criminal justice graduates have earned the necessary credentials to pursue a graduate degree. Many students choose to strengthen their employability with a double-major in social work which can provide advance standing for a Master of Social Work degree.


Learn more about a criminal justice major and the College of Social Sciences.